10 Franchises That Should Be Resurrected For Next-Gen

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10 Franchises That Should Be Resurrected For Next-Gen

Over time, some video game series just fade into the background. Even the most highly acclaimed blockbusters can go dormant, and new juggernauts rise to take their place in the industry landscape. But that doesn’t mean your forgotten favorites are gone forever; they may come back when the time is right, revitalized and better than ever. The transition to a new hardware generation is the perfect opportunity for this kind of rebirth, combining untapped potential with familiar properties to make the old feel new.

But what long-lost series should make a comeback? We’re not talking about things like Metroid and BioShock; we already know they have confirmed entries in development. We’re talking about neglected franchises that, despite the odds, we’re hoping against hope to see again soon. Here are 10 of our top picks, and why now is the right time to bring them back.

Five Games You May Have Missed But Should Play Before This Generation Ends

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Five Games You May Have Missed But Should Play Before This Generation Ends

Thanks to backwards compatibility and shared libraries, most of the games on this list will likely make their way to Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5. If that rings true, you should be able to play them on new hardware for years to come, but there's no better time than now to cross them off of your list. We're at the end of a generation, there's not much new stuff out there to play right now, and when the machines hit, there's a good chance you'll want to play new releases that show off what next-generation gaming is capable of.

If you have a list or pile of backlog games, dive in. If you haven't compiled one and are hungry for something new to play, here are five games that I feel flew under the radar, yet are worth seeing through from start to finish:

Five Games You May Have Missed But Should Play Before This Generation Ends

about X hours ago from
Five Games You May Have Missed But Should Play Before This Generation Ends

Thanks to backwards compatibility and shared libraries, most of the games on this list will likely make their way to Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5. If that rings true, you should be able to play them on new hardware for years to come, but there's no better time than now to cross them off of your list. We're at the end of a generation, there's not much new stuff out there to play right now, and when the machines hit, there's a good chance you'll want to play new releases that show off what next-generation gaming is capable of.

If you have a list or pile of backlog games, dive in. If you haven't compiled one and are hungry for something new to play, here are five games that I feel flew under the radar, yet are worth seeing through from start to finish:

Cyberspace Is One Of Cyberpunk 2077’s Greatest Mysteries

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Cyberspace Is One Of Cyberpunk 2077’s Greatest Mysteries

Cyberpunk 2077 takes you to the fast-paced, techno-centric world of Night City. People augment their bodies on a whim, replacing their parts with better machine variations. As a sci-fi tale that immerses itself in the excess and our obsession with technology, especially our digital world, it makes sense that CD Projekt Red would touch on the concept of cyberspace. We saw this teased a bit in the demo from E3 2019, but we wanted to learn more about how this idea is implemented and how it’s all connected to the strange biochip implanted into V’s head.

Cyberspace holds many mysteries. Not only will you be investigating this biochip and what it means for V, but a blackwall also exists within cyberspace. Few have gone to the other side of this wall and returned, but V is told they’ll be one of the first.

Apparently, an event where viruses and malware were released into the web made it unusable and caused a global crisis that forced corporations to cut off cyberspace to the general public. “It is this dark place with many artifacts and secrets and only the most experienced net runners go in there,” quest director Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz told us back at E3. “Most users don’t go in there, but as you have seen you [are special].” 

Cyberspace Is One Of Cyberpunk 2077’s Greatest Mysteries

about X hours ago from
Cyberspace Is One Of Cyberpunk 2077’s Greatest Mysteries

Cyberpunk 2077 takes you to the fast-paced, techno-centric world of Night City. People augment their bodies on a whim, replacing their parts with better machine variations. As a sci-fi tale that immerses itself in the excess and our obsession with technology, especially our digital world, it makes sense that CD Projekt Red would touch on the concept of cyberspace. We saw this teased a bit in the demo from E3 2019, but we wanted to learn more about how this idea is implemented and how it’s all connected to the strange biochip implanted into V’s head.

Cyberspace holds many mysteries. Not only will you be investigating this biochip and what it means for V, but a blackwall also exists within cyberspace. Few have gone to the other side of this wall and returned, but V is told they’ll be one of the first.

Apparently, an event where viruses and malware were released into the web made it unusable and caused a global crisis that forced corporations to cut off cyberspace to the general public. “It is this dark place with many artifacts and secrets and only the most experienced net runners go in there,” quest director Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz told us back at E3. “Most users don’t go in there, but as you have seen you [are special].” 

All Of The Superheroes In Fortnite

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All Of The Superheroes In Fortnite

From Thanos to Batman, Fortnite is becoming a comic book fan's dream come true. If Epic Games keeps adding Marvel and DC characters at a rapid-fire clip, there's a chance we could have an awesome showdown of 100 heroes and villains years down the road. The latest addition is Captain America. You can take a look at all of the comic characters that were a part of a season or an event below:

Captain America

Harley Quinn

All Of The Superheroes In Fortnite

about X hours ago from
All Of The Superheroes In Fortnite

From Thanos to Batman, Fortnite is becoming a comic book fan's dream come true. If Epic Games keeps adding Marvel and DC characters at a rapid-fire clip, there's a chance we could have an awesome showdown of 100 heroes and villains years down the road. The latest addition is Captain America. You can take a look at all of the comic characters that were a part of a season or an event below:

Captain America

Harley Quinn

Cyberpunk 2077's Shades Of Gray

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Cyberpunk 2077's Shades Of Gray

We recently had the amazing opportunity to go hands-on with Cyberpunk 2077, which you can read about in our full playthrough impressions as well as our biggest takeaways article. We also sat down with some of CD Projekt Red’s talented developers, learning more about their creative process and how they approached this ambitious project. One topic that consistently surfaced was the team's signature shades-of-gray storytelling and how it enhances the experience.

During our four-hour demo, we wrestled with who to trust, never feeling completely confident in our decisions or what the consequences would be. If you played CD Projekt Red’s Witcher series, you know this feeling all too well, but with each passing project, the developers only seem to be getting better at keeping you on your toes and making you second-guess your actions. To learn how much care and thought goes into these interactions, we asked lead quest designer Paweł Sasko for more insight into the complicated process. 

Cyberpunk 2077's Shades Of Gray

about X hours ago from
Cyberpunk 2077's Shades Of Gray

We recently had the amazing opportunity to go hands-on with Cyberpunk 2077, which you can read about in our full playthrough impressions as well as our biggest takeaways article. We also sat down with some of CD Projekt Red’s talented developers, learning more about their creative process and how they approached this ambitious project. One topic that consistently surfaced was the team's signature shades-of-gray storytelling and how it enhances the experience.

During our four-hour demo, we wrestled with who to trust, never feeling completely confident in our decisions or what the consequences would be. If you played CD Projekt Red’s Witcher series, you know this feeling all too well, but with each passing project, the developers only seem to be getting better at keeping you on your toes and making you second-guess your actions. To learn how much care and thought goes into these interactions, we asked lead quest designer Paweł Sasko for more insight into the complicated process. 

Yoko Taro And His Team Discuss New Mobile RPG SINoALICE's Dark Themes

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Yoko Taro And His Team Discuss New Mobile RPG SINoALICE's Dark Themes

The mastermind behind the Nier and Drankengard series, Yoko Taro, has a new free-to-play mobile RPG, SINoALICE, that launches today. To celebrate the occasion, he sat down alongside Square Enix producer Yoshinari Fujimoto and Pokelabo, Inc. producer Shogo Maeda to discuss what's in store for this twisted adventure where fairytale characters must kill one another to revive their authors. Expect large real-time battles, gacha mechanics, and the traditional (or is that untraditional?) Yoko Taro-ness.

SiNoALICE launched back in 2017 in Japan. Why did you feel now was the time to reach a global audience?

Fujimoto: The folks at Pokelabo said, "We really want to release this globally." Pokelabo always treats us well, so we thought we can't ignore their wishes.